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38% want Uber in British Columbia: Poll

A new poll shows 38 per cent of British Columbians want Uber to operate in their city while nine per cent oppose.

A Yellow Cab taxi is shown in this file photo. A new poll shows that 38 per cent of British Columbians want Uber to operate in Vancouver.

Jennifer Gauthier/Metro file

A Yellow Cab taxi is shown in this file photo. A new poll shows that 38 per cent of British Columbians want Uber to operate in Vancouver.

Thirty-eight per cent of British Columbians think Uber should be allowed to operate in their city, according to a new poll.

Angus Reid Institute released findings of their latest Canadian public opinion poll Friday, which gauges support for the hotly debated ride sharing app and service across the country.

British Columbia has the second highest support for Uber in Canada (Alberta tops the list with 50 per cent of people there thinking Uber should be allowed to operate), while just nine per cent believe Uber should “definitely not” be allowed to operate in their hometowns.

Nationwide, 33 per cent of poll respondents believe Uber should be allowed to operate, compared to 17 per cent opposed.

Sixty-three per cent of Canadians believe Uber should be regulated in the same way as the taxi industry.

The debate around Uber in Vancouver has been fierce, as it has in most major Canadian cities.

City staff reported that ride sharing is a “leap forward” when it comes to shorter wait times and consumer satisfaction, but warned of passenger safety issues, impacts on local taxis and accessibility concerns.

Council pushed for a regional solution to ride sharing and urged the province to take the lead on the Uber file.

“We want to make sure decisions with Uber and the taxi industry are thoughtful for years ahead,” Mayor Gregor Robertson told Metro last year.

The province has been look into Uber and other so-called sharing economy services, with Premier Christy Clark saying in January, “you can’t stop technology”, but has yet to take any steps to permit or regulate Uber.

With files from Emily Jackson

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